Today’s BGN Memorable Moment (Day 2)

Today’s BGN Memorable Moment (Day 2)



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Many consider it to be the turning point of West Virginia football, as third-year head coach Don Nehlen took his Mountaineers to Oklahoma for the 1982 season opener. The Sooners were a national powerhouse who four years prior had blasted WVU, 52-10.

After falling behind 14-0, West Virginia rallied, eventually leading 20-14 at halftime. But the Sooners battled back, and the teams went into the fourth quarter tied at 27.
But WVU was up to the task, responding with staunch defense and the offense, led by Penn State transfer quarterback Jeff Hostetler, came through with a touchdown pass to Wayne Brown before Curlin Beck’s 43-yard touchdown dash on a sprint draw sealed the upset victory.

 

 

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    Down 14-0, then win by 2 touchdowns. I was working at Black’s Foodland in Danville, WV that day. I had heard the first few minutes on radio before I left. My buddy came by and told me about the end of first half comeback. I was carrying out groceries and started lingering at those cars that had the game on after that.

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    One of the fun thing about these stories is memories that coming flooding back. For the ’82 Oklahoma game, I was a student at WVU. While the game was on ESPN, apparently not many cable companies carried the station back then, because close circuit broadcast sites were set up in various locations around the state. I believe it was telecast in Charleston (Civic Center?) and I along with thousands of others were at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. I’ve never been part of such scene. I was sitting near some former players (Eldridge Dixon sticks out in my memory) who were just going bananas.

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    Memorable moments do bring back memories. I was teaching at Univ. of Georgia then and watched the game on TV. Exciting win and unexpected.

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    I listened to the game with my dad. We didn’t get ESPN then, but watched it later that day because my brother-in-law got ESPN and taped the game. I remember the embarrassing loss in 1978 all too well, and I had zero confidence we could beat the Sooners on their home field. The game taught me two things: (1) humility when it comes to predicting what will happen in college sports and (2) when you have a coach like Don Nehlen, all things are possible because good athletes who have been taught the fundamentals of the game can beat great athletes. I try to never forget those lessons. Curlin Beck’s TD is one of the most beautiful moments in Mountaineer sports, such a beautifully designed play.

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